Epson to Invest Some 10 Billion Yen Over 12 Months in PrecisionCore Inkjet Printing
Epson of Tokyo reports that it’s increasing the production capacity of its PrecisionCore inkjet print heads. PrecisionCore print heads, which Epson says provide “blazing fast print speeds and stunning image quality,” are used primarily in Epson’s office, commercial, and industrial inkjet printers. The company is investing approximately 10 billion yen (approximately $98 million U.S.) beginning April 1, 2014 through the March 31, 2015 in production lines at its Suwa Minami and Tohoku Epson PrecisionCore production sites in Japan.
Epson says its total investment in PrecisionCore will be roughly 40 billion yen (approximately $395 million U.S.) by fiscal 2015, including research and development spending and capital investment over the past decade.
What is PrecisionCore
PrecisionCore is a collective designation for thin-film piezo print-head technology that Epson developed by combining its core inkjet-printing technology with advanced microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology. For more on the latest PrecisionCore generation, see Wirth Consulting’s Epson’s New PrecisionCore: Bringing Industrial-Grade Printing to a New Line of Business-Inkjets and More” here.
Epson began producing PrecisionCore print heads in June 2013 with state-of-the-art production lines at the Suwa Minami Plant in Nagano prefecture, and at Tohoku Epson in the Yamagata prefecture.
PrecisionCore print heads have individually controlled ink nozzles, each of which is capable of firing up to 50,000 precise ink droplets per second. Epson says this level of precision and performance makes highly sophisticated technology essential for their production. To achieve both high quality and high throughput, Epson employs fully automated production lines that its own industrial robots, as well as a combination of inkjet technology refined over two decades and micro-fabrication processes that are accurate to one one-thousandth of a millimeter.
By developing and producing PrecisionCore print heads entirely in Japan, Epson says it aims to accumulate technological expertise for next-generation print heads, and further increase the competitive advantage of its production sites in Japan that produce core components.
Its investment in additional PrecisionCore production capacity is of critical significance, according to Espon, as it will enable it to achieve its business goal of strengthening its position and expanding its footprint in the inkjet-printer market. Going forward, Epson will promote the use of PrecisonCore print heads and evolve them as a platform for a wide range of inkjet printer products so as to further enhance competitiveness and drive business growth.